UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham in epic worldwide journey to visit UNICEF’s work for Children on three continents as part of unique BBC Documentary.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and football icon David Beckham has completed a unique global challenge, playing seven football matches across seven continents, for the groundbreaking BBC documentary For the Love of the Game, broadcast in the UK and worldwide.
This incredible journey saw Beckham travel to some of the most challenging and remote locations on earth, from the dense forests of Papua New Guinea to the frozen wastes of Antarctica, visiting UNICEF programmes and meeting some of the millions of children who are being supported by Beckham’s own UNICEF 7 Fund along the way.
Launched in 2015, 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund, is David’s personal commitment to use his voice, influence and connections to raise vital funds and rally for lasting change for children.
The first stop saw David visit the highlands of Papua New Guinea where he spent time in a traditional village and learnt about the challenges facing children in the country. In Papua New Guinea, malnutrition is a leading cause of death in children under five. UNICEF, with the support of David’s own 7 Fund is providing treatment for children suffering malnutrition as well as working to educate communities on improved nutrition.
Next, David visited Nepal, where he saw the devastation caused by April’s powerful earthquake. In Kathmandu, David met children at a temporary learning centre established with support from UNICEF. The school is one of 1,500 temporary learning centres that UNICEF has helped to set up after the earthquake destroyed over 34,500 classrooms.
In Djibouti, the third of seven countries, David spent time at a refugee camp meeting children and families including those displaced by conflict and violence in neighbouring countries. In Djibouti, about 1 in 15 children die before their 5th birthday, often from preventable causes. At the Ali Addeh camp, which is home to over 10,000 refugees from Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia, David saw how UNICEF is providing life-saving vaccines to protect children from preventable diseases such as polio and measles.
The amazing journey, which also took in Buenos Aries in Argentina, Antarctica and Miami in the United States, culminated 10 days after departure at Old Trafford with the unforgettable Match For Children, which raised vital funds and focus attention on UNICEF work for children in danger around the world.
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